The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace. 



  • Friday, November 28, 2014 12:01am
    Identity theft usually brings to mind thoughts of stolen credit cards or misappropriated bank accounts. But, Jeffrey Fortin, assistant professor of history at Emmanuel College, will tell us about an intriguing example of historical identity theft dating back to the early 1800s. Born in Hawai’i, Dr. Jeffrey Fortin learned to walk while aboard a sailboat, […]
  • Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:01am
    We’re living in the era of “Big Data” and it’s vital to adapt with the changing technological trends or risk falling behind. Dr. Michael Jenkins, an assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Scranton, analyzes the role Big Data will play in fighting crime. Michael Jenkins was named assistant professor of criminal justice. […]
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:01am
    Lately, the topic of immigration is in the news every single day. In today’s Academic Minute, we turn to history as Jason Silverman of Winthrop University discusses Abraham Lincoln’s stances on the subject. A specialist in the history of the Old South and Civil War, Dr. Jason Silverman received his undergraduate degree at the University […]
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:01am
    “There is consistent evidence that MHCs reduce arrests and number of days in jail, however the mechanisms by which MHCs produce these reductions are entirely unclear,” said Redlich. “One presumption held by MHCs is that untreated mental illness causes criminal behavior, and that by treating the illness, criminality will decrease. However, this presumption lacks empirical […]
  • Monday, November 24, 2014 12:01am
    Scientific inspiration sometimes comes from strange places. James Hanna, professor of mechanics at Virginia Tech, is studying the physics of whirling dervishes. James Hanna is a mechanician interested in the dynamics of very flexible structures, such as ropes, chains, flags, leaves, and paper. Dr. Hanna is an assistant professor in the department of Engineering Science […]